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to be mounted on a missile aimed directly at the u.s. north korea confirmed the test in a statement released by state media saying it was carried out to "defend the country's security and sovereignty in the face of a ferocious, hostile act by the u.s." it means that north korea is closer to building a warhead small enough to be mounted on a long-range missile that is capable of reaching the u.s. the test today comes just two months after pyongyang conducted a successful long-range missile test in direct definls of u.n. security council resolutions, and the key question now is, did north korea use plutonium as they did in previous tests or highly enriched uranium? if north korea was stul in building a bomb using enrich rue yanium, it would speed up their ability to build a warhead. >> the president said it undermines the region's stability and a threat to the u.s. national security and to international peace and security. and it doesn't make north korea any more secure, which is what it's hoping for. >> they are a provocative country. get the world's attention and flex their military muscle a
's doing. >> reporter: but why now? dorner was honorably discharged from the u.s. navy reserves just last friday after ten years service, including a tour in the persian gulf. was that the trigger for this killing spree? or evidence of careful planning? >> i have more questions than i do have answers at this point. >> reporter: if corner gets his apparent wish, if he is killed, we might never know the whole truth. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >>> and nick and david will be staying on this story throughout the night. but we move next here to the great blizzard gathering strength and poised to bear down on millions of american families across the northeast. experts say it could be the worst snowstorm in a century. our extreme weather team is on the storm front and abc's ginger zee is out where the storm is about to move in. ginger? >> reporter: diane, this may look like a mountain of snow, but it's not. this is 100,000 tons of salt that i'm standing on. i've got some right here in my hand. it is one of so many tools that millions of americans will use as we prepare for this major winte
the u.s. condemnation is pouring in around the world. >>> the next pope. we have new details from rome this morning. >>> and a hotel raided in mexico overnight? has suspected cop-killer christopher dorner fled over the border? >>> is a breakfast soda what you need to kick-start your day? >>> good tuesday morning, everybody. we do begin with breaking news out of north korea. defiantly bragging this morning that it just conducted its third nuclear test. >> the underground test is the first for new leader kim jong-un. president obama issued a statement overnight calling the move have highly provocative act. the test appeared to be more powerful than the previous test. akiko fujita explains the significance. >> reporter: it would mean that north korea is a step closer to its stated goal to create a nuclear warhead that is small enough to be mounted on top of a long-range missile that is capable of reaching the u.s. it comes two weeks after they conducted a missile test in direct defiance of u.n. security council resolutions. >> the u.n. security council is holding an emergency meeting to a
's official tonight, american airlines and u.s. airways announced a mega merger to create the biggest airline in the world. 130 million passengers a year. the american brand will live on. the u.s. air name will be retired. the merger deal still needs a stamp of approval from the department of justice, but it's not expected to stand in the way. >>> next tonight, stunning news today that one of the most inspiring athletes in the world has been charged with murder. oscar pistorius, the first double-leg amputee to compete on a track in the olympics. he's charged with shooting his girlfriend. details are still eammerging an our correspondent based in africa has the news from pretoria, south africa tonight. >> reporter: who would have imagined the man who did this, could end up like this? accused of murder of his girlfriend, reeve steenkamp, a well known model in south africa, seen here in a cellphone commercial and a fixture on the red carpet. the two of them were a couple that demanded attention. pistorius lived in this luxury estate. here in south africa, crimee in the stories going around, that
killings in the u.s. eight of the gunmen had a history of mental illness. background check is only as good as the data base used to check a gun buyer's record. consider this. only 12 states actively submit mental health records to the federal data base. the president proposed fixing this by giving states money to improve recordkeeping and by urging doctors to report credible threats of violence to law enforcement. mental health experts say the other key to fixing the problem is identifying and treating those with mental illness at a young age. the white house wants to give states the resources to do that, but that is going to require money and it is also the kind of thing that will take a long time to actually show result. >> a long time. how soon? what is the soonest? >> reporter: well, it's going to take awhile because you have to go in, you have to establish a system, to go in and eidentify people, treat them and give the experts the ability to report who they are concerned about. something they are not normally inclibed to do. >> but the president is out firing up the public, because h
"triumph." the u.s. coast guard monitoring the ship floating dead in the water, 150 miles off the coast of mexico. >> it is adrift. they are operating on emergency power. they're currently in deep water and not near any hazzards no navigation. >> reporter: the ship even bigger than the titanic was bobbing like a 100,000 ton cork after a fire blew out its four engines. normally a sparkling city on the sea, but now conditions are turning horrendous. after 36 hours, garbage is piling up. no air conditioning. many toy lets not working. >> they have no running water, i mean, it's pitiful. >> reporter: brelt. 's wife is aboard. >> they are all crying and hysterical. they want tos go home. >> reporter: life boats from another ship brought food to the crippled "triumph." it's been plagued by engine problems on two of its previous journeys. the stack belched out this black smoke. and jay key posted this warning on facebook. "they have been risking people's lives for months." two years ago, another ship was crippled by an engine fire. the u.s. navy had to chopper in 70,000 pounds of supplies. just moments
will be in the area of the economy and, diane, a big announcement on afghanistan in bringing u.s. troops home. the president will announce that more than half of those now in afghanistan will be home by this time next year. >> going to be a big speech tonight. i want to bring in "good morning america" co-anchor and anchor of "this week" george stephanopoulos, jon will be covering it, we will be here together. how challenging do you expect the president's tone to be? >> reporter: very. with the public approving of his general approach to creating jobs, investing in jobs right now, lowering the deficit over the long-term with a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases. and the president knows there's a big showdown coming up. these automatic across the board spending cuts kick in on march first. government could shout down at the end of march. you talk to both sides right now, that is coming. so, the president wants to make the best case tonight. it will be confrontational. >> and senator rubio is going to be giving the answer from the republicans. what do you expect from that? >> reporter: h
about these background checks. >> reporter: last year, there were nine mass killings in the u.s. eight of the gunmen had a history of mental illness. background check is only as good as the database used to check a gun buyer's record. consider this. only 12 states actively submit mental health records to the federal database. the president has proposed fixing this by giving states money to improve recordkeeping. and by urging doctors to report credible threats of violence to law enforcement. mental health experts say the other key to addressing this problem is identifying and treating those with mental illness at a young age. the white house wants to give states the resources to do that. but that's going to require money. and it is also the kind of thing that will take a long time to show results. jonathan karl, abc news, new york. >>> and the president is taking action on two other pressing national issues. he signed a deal to raise the federal borrowing limit, preventing a short-term financial panic. and he meets with lawmakers on ways to reform the immigration system. >>> an iraq wa
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suspects planning attacks against the united states. >>> we learned the u.s. was closer to intervening in syria's civil war than previously thought. outgoing secretary leon panetta has said that he and former secretary of state, hillary clinton, wanted to arm the rebels trying to topple dictator bashar al assad. but the white house said no, fearing the weapons could fall into the wrong hands. >>> in florida, a close call for a bartender there. a suv through a front window. quick reaction. jumping over the bar. maybe just saved his life. neither he nor the driver was seriously hurt. >>> finally, a guy that's literally living on the edge. look at this skateboarder. it's a viral video, thanks to a wild and high-speed ride downhill. well, the skateboarder in question, big trouble this morning. police are now looking, in fact, to arrest him because speed cameras set up on that street in south africa, caught him at 68 miles per hour. >> get out. >> please, don't try that at home. >> yeah. all right. >> 68 miles per hour. they're coming for him. >> thanks, josh. >>> now, to an abc news exclus
in the u.s. are planning or expecting to get a marriage proposal today. >> and estimated cost of an engagement ring in 2013 is $2,410. i have a hard time believing that. >> that seems low. but whatever. it's the love that counts. 62% of couples will utilize some form of technology to share valentine's day messages. >> 30% of women in relationships think the holiday is overrated. i don't agree with that. >> i know. >> i like the pageantry. >> there were just shy of 1 million divorces in 2012. >> i don't want to end on that. >> sometimes you've got to realize the love is over. >> in west virginia, in valentine's day spirit, there were no flowers, no chocolate for this family. but how about this? a pink cow. matt mcclain wanted to do something different and he succeeded. >> he pulled out his paint rush and went to town on smoky. the farm owner painted his cow for his 5-year-old daughter who likes pink. she later revealed she meant pink the singer, not the color. >> strawberry milk all day and all night from that cow. >>> this morning on "world news now," in fear for their lives.
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